The German family minister resigns due to a controversy over the alleged plagiarism of her doctoral thesis

The German Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth, Franziska Giffey, submitted her resignation on Wednesday after weeks of debates about the alleged plagiarism of her doctoral thesis.

According to the ministry itself, Giffey asked Chancellor Angela Merkel to remove her during a cabinet meeting. The reason he has claimed is that, in addition to the discussions about his dissertation, the Free University of Berlin is developing a procedure to review his doctoral thesis for the third time. The already ex-minister runs the risk of withdrawing her doctor’s title.

“In the last few days there have been discussions about my doctoral thesis in 2010,” he emphasized before specifying that the procedure for reviewing his doctoral thesis would be reopened in 2020 and that he assured even then that he would not use it again. The title of the doctor, regardless of the result of the same.

The German family minister resigns due to a controversy over the alleged plagiarism of her doctoral thesis
The German family minister resigns due to a controversy over the alleged plagiarism of her doctoral thesis

On that occasion, he indicated that the university had given him until the beginning of June to discuss the current procedure and that he would accept the institution’s decision.

Giffey has repeated that he wrote his thesis “thoroughly”. “I’m sorry if I made a mistake. If the university comes to the conclusion on its third review of my work that my degree should be revoked, I will accept this decision,” he said. At the same time, he has explained in detail that his resignation will not affect his candidacy as a member of the Berlin regional parliament.

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